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14 June 2010 @ 09:21 pm
Hello everyone! We are officially closing down our Live Journal. I've been indecisive about this for a while, but I feel that it no longer fits our needs as a group. We have since packed up and moved over to a new blog which is hosted right on our server. Please update your bookmarks/rss readers to our new address:

http://disconrg.net/blog


All of our entries have been backed up and uploaded there. Thank you to Live Journal for housing our blog for the past three years. It's been fun. To everyone else: we hope to see you all there!


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disco_nrg
01 May 2010 @ 02:47 am
Hi guys!

Today's post isn't going to be about para para at all. I know, that's disappointing. But this is something I have wanted to post about for awhile, so here it goes!

Let me preface this story for a bit. As a girl that does para para, I'm always comparing myself to Japanese girls. I know I'm not alone here! It's hard to accept that I'll never be that size, but I mean, it's really not feasible. I have a bigger frame. I've always been on the curvier side. I got teased a lot when I was young. You know the story. So many girls have it. Anyway, I had a bit of a body image problem. I always felt that I was too fat, that my hips were too wide, my boobs were obnoxiously big, my arms were always waving hello all the way up, my nose was big, my hair was poofy and frizzy. I mean, we all have these concerns. Even girls that we curvier women look at and envy have their own concerns.

For unrelated reasons, I started going to counseling back in January. One of the things my counselor said to me really STUCK though. I had mentioned that I was appalled that I've gained a lot of weight in the past year or so and that I needed to lose it and I was fretting over it. That's when she told me a little bit of life changing wisdom:

"In order to make real life changes, you have to learn to love yourself as you are right now. You have to find the sexiness and beauty in your physical self right now, if you don't, you'll never truly be happy. You'll always say you need to lose that extra five or ten pounds and then you'll be happy, but that will never come. Love yourself now and if you lose weight, it's just an added bonus. Diet and exercise will come from wanting to be healthy and this will lead to healthy life changes, not yo-yo dieting."

It was then that I decided to do something. . . drastic.

Burlesque has always been interesting to me, though it isn't something I ever imagined myself doing. I love the costumes, the glamor, the confidence, the talent, and the sense of humor that I've seen displayed in the lovely ladies that I've watched perform. As someone who loves being on stage, I thought, you know what, if I could get past my self consciousness, I could make a knockout burlesque performer.

Luckily for me, the Rose City School of Burlesque had just opened its doors and they were recruiting students for their first class starting only a few weeks later. So I took the plunge.

I went through a six week course covering all aspects of burlesque including history, costume making, character creation, dance, as well as stage makeup and hair. It was an amazing class that really combined my love of performance with my love for fashion. (And I mean, seriously, burlesque performers can apply for a 30% discount off of MAC cosmetics. How freaking amazing is that?)

But, while the sessions were fun and informative, the end of the class was the terrifying part: At our graduation ceremony, we had to do a solo routine that we came up with on our own that included stripping down to pasties and underwear (traditionally a g-string, but new-found confidence or not, I have my limits!).

Now, for someone as insecure with their body as me, that was terrifying! But in my time in the class, I learned how to make myself look fabulous and fierce in a corset and stockings and how to use a garter belt to cover up a couple of flaws.

I decided to do what I do best when I'm nervous and kind of make a joke out of it. My routine was to Teeth by Lady Gaga and I was dressed up as a dentist. My routine involved all sorts of questionable things like me grinding on a 3 ft tall toothbrush and flossing myself with a feather boa that I pulled out of a giant prop floss box.

And last night, when I performed that act for the public, I learned the most important thing of all: I am HOT. Even if I gained 30 pounds in the past year, I am freaking gorgeous. I am smokin'. I had the audience eating out of my hands! I could make them laugh and make them swoon. It was the most amazing feeling.

I can honestly say that I can look at myself in the mirror now in just my underwear and not see the tummy flab and the wide hips: I see something gorgeous.

And THAT is an amazing thing.

So, if any of you girls out there need to learn to appreciate yourself on a whole new level, I totally recommend learning some classic striptease!

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(Here's a quick, blurry picture of me before I went on stage.)

Posted by Kristy
 
 
disco_nrg
30 April 2010 @ 09:58 pm
Hello everyone, it's been a while!

The East Coast side of Disco NRG has been getting their film on~ Recently there's been a surge of creative juices and 3 Disco NRG routines have been released this month! In addition to the little taste of a Maniac Fiesta in the air, some official dances were re-filmed as well.

Please learn and enjoy! 8)v

10,000 LOVERS / MIRKA (Disco NRG)
File Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?mncncwgzkzz
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/11317153

IN YOUR CAR / CLAUDIA VIP (Disco NRG)
File Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?ntmqzzmj4z4
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/11317777

CLIMBER'S HIGH (Dima Remix) / GIRL NEXT DOOR (Disco NRG)
File Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?ztdzltidmii
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/11318178

HYPER CRAZY NIGHT / SAETTA KID (Star Fire)
File Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?drndxxjjymv
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/11317860

SPEED OF LIGHT / THE SNAKE (Joy)
File Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?d32nzlammtz
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/11317197

POWER OF MY LOVE / YO SHINE (SEF)
File Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?qemmylwmjja
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/11297664

SUPER EUROBEAT / DAVE & FUTURA (SEF)
File Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?mtjmifn1yyn
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/11298554

Peace out! ^^v

Posted by Alex
 
 
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Hey Mr. Dee Jay Frannychan mixing 8)
 
 
disco_nrg
18 March 2010 @ 09:26 pm
I started dancing parapara in March of 2001, so that makes this month my paraversary! I realized just how difficult (err, impossible) it is to find a lot of my original choreography online, so I decided to upload a massive batch. Consider this my almost-complete para video discography to date! Enjoy and spread the love ♥

2003




2004




2005




2006




Yeah, 2006 was a bit of dry year video-wise...

2007




2008




2009




2010


I promise to show you all a good time in 2010! :)

Other Features


  • ParaPara Nine 1

  • ParaPara Nine 2

  • Avex Rave 2005 Special Performance feat. American Dream

  • A-kon 2006 Special Performance feat. American Dream

  • A-kon 2007 Special Performance feat. American Dream & Disco-NRG

  • Disco-NRG Maniac Fiesta v.2

  • Sakura-con 2009 Special Performance feat. Smile.dk & EKS-D





~let's dedicate to love this magic moment~
 
 
disco_nrg
Hi everyone, I know most of you are not in Japan, but there's a big parapara event happening this Sunday called Kenya Matsuri, and Disco NRG is one of the offical supporters of this event. In case you don't know, Kenya is a techno legend who was one of the pioneers of the techno scene about 10 years ago, and even today he's a very active and respected member of the parapara community. Every couple of years he puts on his event called Kenya Matsuri to celebrate techno and parapara.

The great thing about Kenya is that he is the number one supporter of overseas parapara that I've met. He believes that the future of parapara is in the overseas scene. Parapara is dying out in Japan and he believes we need to expend globally to keep the scene alive. He's interviewed me about overseas parapara and even included a section on it in the book that he is writing. I'm really grateful that he treats us like equal members of the scene.

And this is why he decided to include overseas para teams in the sponsors for this years event. There are three foreign teams on the sponsor list: Disco NRG, Euro Elite, and Diamond 7. Unfortunately none of us will be able to be at the event in person, but let's support it from afar!






posted by Heather
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Current Location: snowy Iwaki
Current Mood: coldcold
 
 
 
disco_nrg
Hi everyone, Heather here. Last Saturday was the big Starfire 10th Anniversary event so I figured I'd contribute by writing an event report.

The event was held at Pasela in Ginza as usual, and a total of 400 people participated according to Ryohei. That's easily twice as many people as usually come. The line to get in was huge. People from all over the country, and people who haven't been to Starfire in years came out for the event. It was great to see so much support for Starfire and for parapara. The club was packed as you can imagine, but it was so cool to see that many people dancing parapara at one time.

There were a lot of special touches for the big event. They had a video camera set up at the front desk and they asked everyone to give a congratulatory message to the camera. I said "10shuunen omedetou gozaimasu" but I stuttered, dammit. There were bouquets of flowers donated from various people who support Starfire - Farm Records, DJ Yosshi, etc. They were selling Starfire goods at the door too - t-shirts, DVDs, CDs, towels and lighters with the Starfire logo. The tshirts were pretty cool and Max bought one. They gave out gift bags, which had a Starfire 10th Anniversary strap, Starfire vol. XVII dvd, and a condom haha.

The tracklist for Starfire vol. XVII:
Best of Both Worlds
Super Super Man
It's a Party
Shake that Thang
Fire it Up
Stomp da sh*t out
Yoko
Dream Lover
Monokuro no kiss

My picture is on the cover of the dvd case! The case is a montage of pictures of people downing bottles of Cafe de Paris, which is an amazing idea by the way, and my picture is on the bottom row on the front. Max's picture is technically on it as well, but it's hidden by the logo. On the dvd they showed footage from the para contest last August at Differ Ariake, and you can see Max and Jasmine in the background when they are announcing the winners ww.

There were special performances as well of course. J-euro singer Miwa gave a live performance with the Starfire dancers dancing in the back (but she really wasn't very good live...). There was a special appearance by Hustle Spider - Shintaro wearing his suit from the DJ Ozma Spiderman music video. They taught a euro lesson and a techno lesson as usual. All three members of T-rrex danced the euro lesson, and the techno lesson was danced by Ryuuichi, Buta and Tomoki. There was a euro special performance danced by Kotomin, Ke-tan, Hitoshi, Kazupyon and Hide. It was a high quality performance, but you wouldn't expect anything less from Starfire. Ryuuichi, Buta and Tomoki did a techno special performance, and it was soo hot. They used mostly old techno, and they did a couple of songs with fans. It was incredibly hot. They did a prize raffle again, and each member of the Starfire staff gave out a present. It was mostly stuff like fragrance candles and Starbucks mugs, but I still want to win something once!

They celebrated Bancho's birthday, typical Starfire style with a cake smashed in his face and a bottle of Cafe de Paris to down. Cafe de Paris was on sale for the anniversary event so we had reserved 3 bottles, but they didn't last long. Starfire also has started selling "Tequila balls", which are basically jello shots. They sell them for 500 yen a piece which is ridiculous.

There were people there that I haven't seen in a long time. Harumi was there for the first time since she's had her kid. (by the way in the credits for Starfire vol. XVII, Harumi and Satomi are listed as members of SFA mamas haha). I was really surprised to see Sekai no Yoshikazu there. I almost didn't recognize him at first. That was really cool seeing him and Ryuuichi dancing techno on stage together. They played some old Yoshikazu songs - 1 2 3 4 Rico, and Bandido. Kyohei was there working as staff, but he's been coming to events a lot lately. He got really really drunk and fell down and split his lip ww.

It was a really fun night and it was great to see so many people coming out and supporting Starfire and parapara.

pics!Collapse )

some goodies:
euro performance
super hot techno pafo
Miwa live

enjoy!!


posted by Heather
 
 
Current Location: beautiful Iwaki
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
 
 
disco_nrg
01 March 2010 @ 03:17 pm
Hey everyone, I thought I would kick off my first DiscoNRG post with some Eurobeat gushing/news/etc! First off, I've been doing fine - life has been super busy but thankfully I've still had the time to sit down and follow the Eurobeat and ParaPara scene. Though I don't have much to report from ParaPara land, hopefully my input in the Eurobeat side will be fulfilling to some of you!

Chozen Parapara presents D-1 Grand Prix 2010

This was a compilation album released on the 27th of January - hopefully some of you bought your copy and got it by now, and if you have you'll notice a great GoGo's Music track "I WANNA TRANCE / VIRGINELLE" - track 15 to be precise! Here is some interesting information on the song: Alessandra and Sandro got together with Elena Gobbi to create an English version of I Wanna Dance / Domino for last year's Revival Hits (SEB193). Unfortunately, AVEX didn't pick up the song. Though, Sandro had the idea of re-working the song into a Trance song and rename it "I Wanna Trace" which AVEX loved, and decided to release on this compilation!

If you've heard the song, comment and let us know what you think of it - do you like Virginelle's Trance/English rendition of this song or do you prefer the original Eurobeat/Japanese version sung by Domino?

Super Eurobeat 201

SEB 201 is released this month (March) and there are some interesting tracks on there. If you haven't been paying attention, you can see the track list here: http://avexnet.or.jp/eurobeat/discography/

I've heard the samples and they all sound really good, and after such a long wait for new tracks the excitement of having new songs to listen to is coming back - so my hopes are high for this album! A few things I would like to point out; a "Mirka" track from 1993 is being released on here - "10,000 Lovers" - It has the same 'vibe' as her older Juliet/Mirka tracks from the same era, which in my opinion were great! Though, it sounds dated from today's standards, it's a welcoming addition to this album especially since a lot of Eurobeat fans started out around this time and sound. Also, Travis, aka zoupzoup2, aka Odyssey - an American 'indie-Eurobeat' artist is making his debut through the Delta label with the track "Ken Blast / When The Sun Goes Down" - I just wanted to say that I hope for the best for this song and for his future career as a Eurobeat singer! Delta has brought the Canadian dance/Konami duo Melody and Mezzo to SEB with the Eurobeat remix of Nightshade, and now an American musician, and more importantly, Eurobeat fan; has broken through and has a song on a SEB release. Congratulations! Give your full support here guys, this is huge stuff!

The future of Eurobeat?

AVEX recently met with Contini in regards to GoGo's Music, SCP and Sinclairestyle, and although the details are fuzzy, I'm told that there are some great things to come in regard to the future of Eurobeat! I will fill you all in when I first get the news, but the hype and energy around what's to come is apparently really huge within these labels - so it's going to be something big, I'm sure!

ParaPara

I've recently moved to Downtown Vancouver, and my apartment is about a block away from the beach (jealous? hahaha) so whenever I'm out back for a smoke, I look down at the beach and the water and envision myself recording some ParaPara there someday (by the water, not in it!)

The end!

That's all I really have to mention - I hope you're all following the new releases for Eurobeat and following what's going on within the world of ParaPara! Keep at it and see you next time!

Posted by: Phil
 
 
disco_nrg
24 February 2010 @ 02:14 pm
It's Jason's birthday!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to him!

We love our jews. Especially when they ride motorcycles!
 
 
disco_nrg
15 February 2010 @ 03:57 pm


A very happy birthday to our very own Queen of Mean, Maggie!

Originally I had planned on refilming Queen of Mean in honor of you, but unfortunately I'm unable to rip my mini dvdrs right now.

Posted by Stevie
 
 
disco_nrg
13 February 2010 @ 03:11 pm


Hey there boys and girls and newhalves. We have a podcast (finally)!

Please feel free to download and subscribe to our feed. To subscribe via itunes: go to advanced, subscribe to podcast and then copy and paste http://feeds.feedburner.com/disconrg into the box. You'll automatically be subscribed 8D

Special thanks to my good friend, Lucien Dodge for being our announcer. Without him I wouldn't have been able to get this up today. Sorry it took so long @ Jim and Alex ^^;;

Next episode really soon!

Next episode very soon. We want to hear from you, please submit all questions/comments/ideas to disconrg@gmail.com and we'll do our best to get them all on the next episode.

Please enjoying <3

Posted by Stevie
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